As I write this, it is 5 years to the day since I quit my job, hopped on a plane to NYC and went to a three-day event called ‘Rich, Happy and Hot Live’ with 500 entrepreneurs and the world’s finest soulful online entrepreneurs. It was a brilliant way to enter my entrepreneurial life and my words for that year had been ‘elegant change’ and ‘valuable stories’. ‘Elegant change’ because I wanted to exit the job I had long-since grown out of and ‘valuable stories’ because I had no idea what was coming next.
Fast forward 5 years and I have a thriving small business with three arms:
- First is one-to-one coaching done mostly by Skype where we work to be more truthful and have a better experience of life
- Second, I support and coach executive clients and consult HR on inclusion initiatives and culture change
- Finally, CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility): I run workshops and speak for FEW, provide discounts and sponsored coaching spaces and run a seasonal clothes swap for 90 women
Small business is sometimes super smooth and business finds its way to you; other times you have to market your butt off and create and communicate new propositions. It’s tremendous fun being a small biz owner, you build community, and have freedom to choose your style, income and tribe.
Takeaways from 5 years are to have fun, get paid-for help a soon as you can, invest in yourself, create original strategy, seek support systems that suit you, rest and play, serve your people generously but do not people-please anyone else. Be well mannered and truthful. Neither play down nor overstate your value. Get over your money issues. Change direction and innovate. You’ll inevitably be thrown into grief, heartbreak, and self-doubt; all part of the human condition so know who’s who in your support system. Celebrate EVERYTHING.
Small biz life is fun and challenging and cycles just as we do and I love it. The goal; to become more truthful, more useful and more devoted to my people, my tribe and my delight.
Read on to learn more about Sarah Furuya’s “Escapiversary” on her blog at: https://sarahfuruya.com/2017/10/five-years-in-business-my-escapiversary/
November Strategic Partner News
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Women's Start Up Club: Marketing with a Purpose
Strategy and Implementation Consultant Zsuzsanna Jarfas of Japan Creative Enterprises will demonstrate the basic tools of marketing with purpose and how WSC participants can apply these tactics to their own businesses.
November Midweek Lunch Mixer at Le Pain Quotidien Roppongi
Take a break from work and join us for delicious food and great networking at our monthly midweek lunch gathering. The mixer will again be at Le Pain Quotidien at Tokyo Midtown in Roppongi!
Tokyo Run for the Cure
Join FEW at the Run for the Cure/ Walk for Life Marathon around the Imperial Palace on December 2nd! More details coming soon.
FULLY BOOKED! Radical Boundaries: How to Say No to Make Way for YES
Join us for an exclusive workshop with Sarah Furuya on developing techniques to say 'no' in order to devote your time and attention to the things and people you truly love.